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Princess on the Brink (The Princess Diaries #8)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  18,229 Ratings  ·  522 Reviews

At last, Mia is a junior. An upperclassperson. Free of her responsibilities as student body president. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? And for the love of all that is Ge
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Published April 24th 2007 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published December 26th 2006)
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Lyciella Well I think Mia is referencing those like they're pop culture (like she does with Star Wars, celebs, you know?) But I get it because those refs…moreWell I think Mia is referencing those like they're pop culture (like she does with Star Wars, celebs, you know?) But I get it because those refs aren't exactly mainstream :)(less)
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 25, 2016 April (Aprilius Maximus) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Jessica (priceiswong)
Jun 11, 2015 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Oh geez.. Lots of people made mistakes in this book, but it was highly entertaining. I'm so anxious for the next! I know I've read these before, but I actually can't remember what happens in the next book..
Nov 03, 2009 devra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i've been betrayed by meg cabot.
princess diaries 8 is so bad that i might have to give up my faith in the entire series.

to begin with, michael and mia broke up. which sucks, but was basically inevitable. what makes it betrayal is the WAY that they were broken up. the first major problem is that for the past few books, cabot has sort of drifted from the characterizations that made the first three installments such a guilty pleasure. now it's more of a pop-culture-driven, facile extrapolation of a
Shannon (leaninglights)
Well that's more like it! I really enjoyed this book in the Princess Diaries series. It was the first time that Mia's immature and childish behavior came back around and I really like it. Not that I don't like Mia or I'm not rooting for her, I just think she needed a moment to "not go her way" and learn some lessons. Excited for the next book!!
Melissa Veras
Jul 08, 2016 Melissa Veras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit!! I LOVED IT OMG. I usually wait to read the next one of a series but no way in hell I'm waiting. This take a turn I wanted to take, AND what can I say? I don't like Lilly and I do like P. J. :)

(4 stars instead of 5 because Mia was really immature in this one)
Jan 04, 2008 Kellee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I'm getting more and more disappointed with Meg Cabot. Her books are addictive but they are getting so sexual for a teen book that it kind of bothers me. Honestly 15 year old girls do NOT need to know how to make themselves orgasm in the shower. And while its great that she at least talks about safe sex, does she really need to talk about safe sex in every book? Its just frustrating to me as a mom. I dont want my girls reading about that kind of stuff until they are much older than the ...more
Aug 24, 2007 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens


You are so...oblivious!!!


Can't YOU SEE??

Going to the stupid Beauty and the Beast musical, with J.P., no less is NOT gonna make things better!! It is TOTALLY gonna make things worst than it already is!!!!

Here are some examples:

Lilly will actually believe that you are lying, BECAUSE!!! Because you went out with J.P. AGAIN.

Lilly will tell Michael about you going out with J.P.!! Need I say more?

You are actually doing what your Grandmere wants you to do!! Which is go
This is a higher 3 star rating than past Princess Diaries books have received. I actually enjoyed this much more than any of its predecessors; I gave it the same number of stars as some of the others got simply because I'm trying to class up my ratings system. Books are gonna have to earn their stars from now on!

Well, Princess on the Brink is much more about Mia and Michael's relationship than many of the past books have been. Michael reveals that he is going on a very long trip to Japan in orde
Mar 27, 2009 Ariana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
bad book she acts like this boy is her only life
hes not and lily is so rude
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Howdy YAL
Apr 07, 2015 Howdy YAL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Here’s the thing about this one. A lot of people hate it. And I get it, but I really think that this book in the long run made the series.

Yes, the breakup was painful. But it really was inevitable and I think in the long run it strengthened M&M. The thing is, when I first read this book I was ready for Michael and Mia to break up.

Yes, them breaking up was like a getting pushed into the fountain scene for me. Sad and sick but true.

I love the couple,
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I hate Mia Thermopolis club, population: ME.
Sara Saif

Oh sweet Lord, give me courage.
True to its title, it brought me on the brink. On the brink of having my brain destroyed forever due to the extremely painful headache I got while reading this.
At this point my complaints are absolutely pointless so let me just get this out of my system before I hurl:

Michael gets a life-changing, career-making opportunity to go to Japan. Mia doesn't take it well and decides to give him the gift of her virginity *vomits* to make him stay. Michael accidentally reveal

Apr 30, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
am an adult but very fond of the Princess Diaries books. This is not my favorite book, simply because it is not as funny as the previous ones. But it is written about issues that interest me. After all, I've been a teenager myself. I thought it was wise of Meg Cabot to raise questions about intimacy issues betweet Mia and Michael. Every girl dating an older boy at some point has to face the same problem: should she DO IT with her more mature boy-friend even if she is not ready, or break up with ...more
I think this is the first time I have ever been disappointed in Meg Cabot. I mean, I want to love this book because this is definitely one of my favorite series, but I just can't.

Mia just drove me insane the entire time. I want to feel bad for her, but, in all honesty, most, if not all, of her problems could have been avoided if she would just stop overreacting to EVERY LITTLE THING. I just, I just can't deal with Mia right now. My face was like this for almost the entire time I spent reading Pr
Jul 09, 2007 Devon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens(girls)
Shelves: alreadyread
I can't believe this book. Michael and Mia break up and Lilly and J.P. break up. But, I can understand why Mia breaks up w/ Michael. He didn't tell her that he had sex w/ Judith Greshner. EWWWW!!!!!! For God's Sake, Mia had a lot more better thigns than Judith. All Judith could do was clone fruit flies. Mia was a princess and loved Michael. But, I can't believe Michael went to Japan. I think Meg Cabot needs to write another book in the Princess Diaries Series so we can all find out what happens ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the series up until this point, and while I do plan to finish the series, I was slightly disappointed in this novel. I agree that breaking up Mia and Michael is probably for the best in terms of the whole overall story (though I am rooting for/hoping they reunite), I don't particularly care for the way Cabot decided to do it. I dislike the fact that she added a component to Michael's past that I feel is out of character from the way we've seen him so far, and I also think Mia hand ...more
Christine Marie
Mar 31, 2012 Christine Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Princess, Romance, Teen Lovers
Recommended to Christine by: Disney (all their fault)
Well, I made the mistake of reading all the reviews for this book before I read the book. The only reason I regret doing that is that my opinions that I formed on this book were probably already prebiased as a result.

Well, they were all right. I can't help loving and hating this book. WARNING: DO NOT READ WHEN BUSY!!!!!! Not as enthralling as you might think, but still kind of hard to put down. Kind of.

For one thing, Mia was way too immature in this book. And stupid. And then I started hating Mi
As I had never actually read this one ( I think I read up to book 7), I picked it out today even though I realized that my love for this serie had ended when I picked up Princess in Love yesterday.

Mia is more annoying than ever. She is the most feather-brained, thoughtless, and idiotic heroine ever. If she could just take 5 minutes to breathe in and out and stop making a freaking dramatization out of every single thing that happened in her life, maybe she would attain her goal of self-realizatio
Jennifer Wardrip
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It's the beginning of Mia's junior year, but so far, things are not going as planned. For starters, Mia may have managed to pass Algebra and Geometry, but now she has to deal with Pre-Calculus. And she's also totally lost in Chemistry, even though she now has two lab partners instead of just one. Lilly has also decided to nominate Mia for student body president. Again. And even though Mia has tried to explain that she doesn't want it, as we all know, once
Jun 19, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2015, library
Mia is dumb, messing things up with Michael when he's going to Japan to basically help the world AND PROVE HIMSELF SO PEOPLE WOULD BE OKAY WITH HIN DATING HER, A PRINCESS. Gosh Mia. J.P is so adorable tho hahah but Michael & Mia forevers (except that Mia dumb)

(Also liked Meg including her other works in it as a passing remark. It was funny)
Goldilocks Reviews
Man, that was perfect. I love this series so much. Each book gets better. Mia's voice is so strong and hilarious that you can't help but like her. This installment was so dramatic with real issues I couldn't stop reading. Tina Hakim Baba and Princess Mia are my spirit animals. I only wish these were longer, I'm so excited to continue on with the next books. This was the last book I read in the series because I remembering receiving this as a Christmas present when it was released in 2007. I am s ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my favourite of the first 8 books. I guess because the problems were starting to get more intense than previous books. In this book, Michael tells Mia that he's going to Japan for a year or more. Mia freaks out and wonders if she should finally have sex with him in a ploy to get him to stay. This leads to realistic problems.

Lilly is going out with J.P, who seems to have an interest in Mia. Grandmere is still crazy and Fat Louie is still fat.

Quite dramatic compared to the last
Sophia Dell'Aquila
The eighth book of the Princess Diaries series has the longest time gap between books than any other book in this series. Mia is now sixteen and is experiencing something that always happens when your in high school and in a relationship (I think I said something like this in the review for the seventh book), thinking about having sex...or not having it. This pretty much takes up the majority of the story line. I did get surprised at some of the things that happened in this book but it focused t ...more
Amber Kestner
Aug 01, 2015 Amber Kestner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, princesses
The idea that Mia went through a hell-a-ish time in this book took my breath away, I mean she tried everything to keep Michael with her and now it is a fighting cause to get him back. I hope the next book isn't such a heart breaker. <3 Mia and Michael <3
Britney Ou
Feb 23, 2015 Britney Ou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Princess Diaries #8 " Princess on the Brink" is published by the bestselling author Meg Cabot. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because the characters in the book is make up but it can really happen in real life. For example, there are not really a princess living in Manhattan now but there might be a person just like the characters in the book. Another example is in the book where Mia is failing her classes and get low grades, but sometimes it could and couldn't happen on us. I ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think if Goodreads had half stars, this would be a 3.5 for me. Because some parts I really enjoyed and I think this book is almost like a "turning point" for Mia in a way. I can see her growing from all the stuff that will happen in the next two due to her choices, and the choices of others, in this one.

Mia frustrated me to no end until her moment of clarity in the last few pages. I disliked Michael for a bit, but then he grew on me again. Lily gained a bit of sympathy from me, for once in the
Although I like a lot of the developments in the overall plot that happened in this book, it's got to be one of the least enjoyable of the series for me. Mia and Michael's relationship has just become annoying and Mia's approach to feminism is very different to my own. I found myself just not caring for most of the book, but thankfully some interesting things did happen towards the end. For example, I feel like I understand Lilly's character better after this book, and I enjoyed the small storyl ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Lucie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Mia je blbá...:D Ptej nejcennější dárek..:D
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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The Princess Diaries (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle."
I really hate this expression. I bet fish would totally want bicycles.”
“anybody can be a princess. all you have todo is have the right parents. it's no harder than being born Paris Hilton, for God's sake.

at least you remember to put on underwear in the morning, i'm assuming”
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